Mid-Engine Corvette is Being Unveiled Tonight — Budget Audi R8 Fighter?

Tonight is finally the night that the public will see a real-deal mid-engine Corvette. Chevrolet has teased the idea of a mid-engine Corvette for decades but it’s never been more than an idea on paper. Now, it’s finally for real and tonight is the night the public will see it.

When it finally makes its long-awaited debut at 9:30 EST (6:30 PST), the mid-engine Corvette will begin its attempt to throw a huge monkey wrench into the plans of European brands. There’s little known about the specs of this upcoming American supercar but it’s not going to be slow, that’s for sure. We know it will have a V8; what sort, what size and how powerful are all yet to be seen. But we do know it will back a good ole fashioned American V8.

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C8 Corvette Mid-Engine
Mid-Engine C8 Corvette in Camouflage

In fact, there could even be two different V8s offered. It’s been rumored that the base model C8-generation ‘Vette will get an old-school 6.2 liter pushrod V8, just like the current front-engine car. If true, it’s said to make around 500 hp. However, there’s a rumor that a second, much more powerful V8 will be offered in the top-of-the-line ‘Vette. That second V8 is said to be a very high-tech, twin-turbocharged flat-plane crank V8. To be honest, we doubt this is true and find it more likely that it will just pack a very powerful version of the old-school 6.2 liter V8. But never say never.

We’re unsure if it will be available with a manual gearbox, also. We know a dual-clutch gearbox will be offered, especially after Chevy revealed the new steering wheel, which sports paddle shifters. However, there’s been no word on a three-pedal ‘box. Corvette fans are already up in arms about their favorite American icon switching to mid-engine like the rest of those “Euro-Trash” sports cars. If it ditches the manual gearbox, they might have a collective, cheeseburger-assisted heart attack.

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New C8 ‘Vett’s Steering Wheel

This new mid-engine ‘Vette will be very interesting when it makes its debut. The current C7 car is already a sort of budget performance car icon. Even the most expensive Corvette ZR1 is $50,000 cheaper than the base Audi R8 in the ‘States and packs almost 200 hp more and is faster to 60 mph. So this new mid-engine car could be even faster than the current ZR1, thanks to its lighter weight, better aerodynamics and superior grip, and still be significantly cheaper than an R8.

Most Audi fans won’t be too inclined to visit a Chevy dealer for a performance car but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t. We’re very intrigued by this new mid-engine Corvette and are going to keep a close eye on it tonight.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.